Born at 23 weeks 2 days on 10/11/11 @ 1:05pm
Weighed 1lb 6.3oz and measured 11.5 inches.
He lived approximately one hour after birth.
A few minutes after birth being held against his Daddy's chest in one hand with Daddy's ring around his arm---it could go all the way up his bicep. He was so teeny.
After his bath. We held him as long as we could. We couldn't bear to let him go down to the cold empty morgue
Getting kisses from his big brother who loved him SO much and talks about him every day even a year later.
at 23 weeks even I went into sudden preterm labor. I had a bloody show at 11pm and went in immediately. I live 2 blocks from the hosptal and was there literally 5 minutes later. I was 6cm dilated with bulging waters. They didn't help me at all. didn't stop contractions, didn't do anything. I asked to have my bed inverted (feet in the air) and that helped keep him in 2 more days while I lay there and the doctors just waited for it to end. They refused to send me to another hospital because I wasnt 24 weeks and NO hospitals nearby help babies under 24 weeks. So I was SOL. They made NO attempts to stop my labor other than an IV and some antibiotics to prevent me from getting an infection (it didn't work) and made no attempts to save him when he was born.
IF it weren't a military hospital, I'd have a lot of medical licenses to use for target practices, but I can't do anything since its military.
I will never see another military doctor. Ever.